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Residents returning to Japan will be exempted from 14-day quarantine

Japan will no longer require returning residents to self-isolate for 14 days starting November 1

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Starting November 1, residents in Japan will no longer be required to spend two weeks in quarantine after coming back from an overseas trip. Prime Minister Suga announced the decision after a government meeting on October 30. 

The ease in restrictions was made to help revive the economy and make travel more feasible for those going on business trips. Meanwhile, the government is also considering to exempt short-term business travellers from quarantine.  

According to The Japan Times, the new measure will apply to both Japanese citizens and foreign residents of Japan, regardless of which country they return from. However, they would still be asked to practise precautionary measures to prevent the virus from spreading. 

This is a developing story. We will continue to update this report when more information is available.

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